Why 'healthy obesity' is a misnomer

Biologist says it is a crude concept

A UK specialist in human biology has added his voice to calls for an end to the terms 'healthy obesity' and ‘fat but fit’, arguing they are misleading and flawed. 

fat man on treadmill

The terms were first coined in the 1980s to describe obese people who are apparently metabolically healthy.

Writing in the Annals of Human Biology journal, Dr William Johnson (PhD) from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK says categorising a population using cut-offs such as blood pressure